We recently got a chance to speak with Jennifer Rudolph, the founder of The Actor’s Green Room in NYC. She told us, “We connect actors with the industry. If you have gone to an acting school, a conservatory program or university, and now you’re done, you go to a place where you meet the industry, work with them, and learn. We have workshops with agents, managers, scene study teachers, and casting directors.”
Jennifer was a casting director for about 10 years at Mitchell/Rudolph Casting where she was a partner. While casting, she helped launch the careers of several successful actors including Michelle Monahan and Mike Vogel. She told us, “When I was casting, I was working with the actors intensively. I discovered that I liked mentoring them and wanted to take it beyond that room. As a casting director you only have a short amount of time to work with the actors. Then I started doing on camera classes. “ Her classes grew and she started the Actor’s Green Room. At AGR, her goal is to help actors succeed. “I love to look at someone and say, how can I make you succeed.”
Along with the Actor’s Green Room she is also a founder of the Actor’s Green House, a program offering classes and treatments to help artists renew and rejuvenate their minds and bodies. “At The Actor’s Green House, we nurture actor’s artistic spirit. We do treatments with them and they can talk to us.”
She hired Kristin Hanggi, a Tony Award nominated writer and director and Natalie Roy, a yoga teacher, author, meditation teacher, and an actress. “These two ladies are doing a series of workshops at my company called the C.R.E.A.T.E. series. Actors are coming in talking about where they feel blocked, about confidence, and vulnerability. These ladies are working with my actors on a very deep and intense level,” said Jennifer. “I am big on actors knowing who they are and unblocking themselves in any way possible.”
Jennifer feels connected to her actors and even writes them inspirational emails, to inspire and motivate them.
“On one half of the equation you have to market yourself as a professional, know how the industry works, and be sharp, but on the other half, you have to be very in tuned with yourself,” she said.
“All it takes is one yes and one advocate to change your entire life and career. “
Head here to learn more about The Actor’s Green Room and how you can sign up for a class!